This week’s Holiday Book Gift (and a Music CD) suggestions!

Here are this week’s Book suggestions! They would make great gifts this holiday season!

Planning a trip to Disneyland in 2016? This one is a must-buy! I love all the helpful tips through out this book!


Filled with revolutionary, field-tested touring plans that can save four hours of waiting in line in a single day, The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2016 is the key to planning a perfect vacation. Get up-to-date information on Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Each attraction is described in detail and rated by age group based on a survey of more than 20,000 families.

I really found The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2015 helpful and so I was excited to receive the one for 2016!

What’s new in The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2016?

  • Coverage of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary celebrations
  • Reviews of Disneyland’s new Paint the Night nighttime parade and Disneyland Forever fireworks
  • Review of the all-new World of Color – Celebrate! show at Disney California Adventure
  • Updated advice on experiencing Fantasmic! using FastPass, including new dining package details
  • Details on the upgraded Soarin’ Over California ride in DCA’s refurbished Grizzly Peak Airfield
  • Detailed information about Frozen fun with Anna & Elsa at Disney California Adventure
  • The latest word on FastPass and the future of FastPass+
  • How to use ApplePay to make purchases with your iPhone at Disneyland Resort
  • Expanded advice for guests with disabilities, with updated coverage of Disability Access Service (DAS).

About the authors: Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award–winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series. A contributor to several top-selling guidebooks, Seth Kubersky is nationally recognized as an authority on theme parks and amusement attractions. Len Testa leads the team at, the website and research arm of The Unofficial Guides.Guy Selga Jr. is a passionate Disney fan, a blogger and researcher at

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The book will be available on Amazon.
The next one is a delightful story for children!
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TOYS MEET SNOW by Emily Jenkins, and illustrated by Caldecott Winner Paul O. Zelinsky.

The lovable trio of Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic (originally introduced in Toys Go Out) are back and making their picture-book debut in TOYS MEET SNOW (Schwartz & Wade Books / on sale September 22, 2015 / Ages 3–7), written and illustrated by the award-winning team of Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky. With their little-girl owner away on winter vacation, the toy friends journey outside to experience the magic a snowy day can offer in this lush, full-color opportunity for the youngest of readers to meet the toys that have captured the hearts of all who have read their adventures in chapter-book format.

I received a copy of this book and it is simply a delightful story that is perfect for the holiday season! I highly recommend for younger children ages 3-7.

You can find it on

This next one  is great for Tweens and Teens!


Me, my selfie, and I by Brock Sanders.

Going on vacation? Wearing a cute outfit? Just ate the best lunch ever? Now, you can document every aspect of your life in print! Filled with fun photo captions to help inspire your next shot, My Selfie Journal encourages you to get in front of the lens, capture the moment, and display your all-time favorite pics within its pages. Whether you’re stuck at the airport (#sadface) or meeting up with friends for coffee (#besties), this unique journal will bring out your best selfie.

This is a real fun one! I recommend for Tweens and Teens but even adults will enjoy this one!

Brock Sanders has been taking photos since his parents gave him his first camera at age ten. Brock is currently a professional photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can explore his work on Instagram @mrbrock21 or at

You can purchase on


And a CD…..


Best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner will release a two-disc album, Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs, on October 23rd.  The album includes 51 well-loved, traditiional children’s songs, plus six “bonus” tracks of favorite Laurie Berkner originals.

While beautifully capturing the up-to-date sound of The Laurie Berkner Band that fans know and love, Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs is the only album Laurie has ever released that is comprised almost exclusively of traditional songs.  Highlights include a rollicking “When The Saints Go Marching In,” an “Amazing Grace” that achieves its depth of meaning by parsing away the non-essentials, and a funky, hip-hop take on “This Old Man,” with additional rhymes penned by Laurie.

Other highlights include a duet performance of “There’s A Hole In The Bucket” with Laurie Berkner and Brady Rymer that’s filled with spontaneous hijinks, a “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” that hits a home run in the third inning with its swinging jazz style, and “Old King Cole,” featuring the fantastic fiddle of Kenny Kosek (Laurie Anderson, Steve Goodman, John Denver, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia), as well as renowned jazz trumpeter Warren Vaché (the Benny Goodman Band, the Concord Super Band, Bucky Pizzarelli, George Wein, Howard Alden).

This CD is just a whole lot of fun for younger kids! I highly recommend! I really like the lyrics and the upbeat melodies. 

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records.  She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the “kindie” music genre and was crowned “the undisputed queen of kindie rock” by USA TodayThe Wall Street Journal noted, “Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.”

Laurie was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all the episodes of the channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show (now available on the NOGGIN video subscription app).  She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing it, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel, makes regular appearances on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show, and is a frequent presence onSiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel.

Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs is available wherever favorite albums are sold, at, and at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of all of the above to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

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